04/06/12 Parents of students at Washington Elementary School received a notification from the school on Wednesday regarding a couple of trash meth labs that were recently located on the school’s property.

During spring break, the remnants of two meth labs were discovered in the woods behind Washington Elementary.  According to Plymouth Police Chief Jim Cox, on Friday, March 30th and Saturday, April 1st two separate mushroom hunters’ located items associated with meth labs, trash labs.

The Chief said, “There was not a working lab at either location. ISP was contacted to pick up the items, this is protocol.”

Principal Michele Riise said, “Thanks go out to the parent who called to let us know about the situation.”

Riise explained that the school roped off the woods area and took special measures so students would not go into the woods during recess.  They contacted an environmental management firm to assess the area and advise on the steps to follow to ensure the area is safe.

Update:  The area where the two meth labs were found have been inspected and soil samples collected by ENVIROCORP, INC. of South Bend.  ENVIROCORP is a certified environmental management firm qualified to conduct mitigation activities in any type of environmental issue.

The Director of Facilities for Plymouth Community School Corporation cleaned the areas in question to remove all refuse.  The clean up was supervised by an ENVIROCORP representative.  All waste was hauled off site by ENVIROCORP to an approved landfill.

The visible clean up is complete at this time and the school corporation will leave the warning ropes in place until the results of the
soil sample testing are known.

Further actions deemed necessary by the Plymouth Community School Corporation will be determined by the soil sample results and advice from our environmental consultants.